Herbs for Vertigo
Vertigo is a sensation that you or objects around you are spinning. It is a common form of dizziness caused by a malfunctioning of the nerves of the inner ear. The vestibular system is in charge of the inner ear's function, and is responsible for evaluating the location of your head and body in reference to your surroundings as you move. Causes for vertigo include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, which occurs when particles dislodge and come into contact with the inner ear; the age-related decline of the vestibular system; cranial damage; and infections, according to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
Ginkgo biloba supplements are among the most popular herbal supplements in the United States and Europe. The widespread uses of this supplement may account for its popularity. Ginkgo is known to improve a myriad of neurological disorders, including the effects of vertigo, by improving circulation to the inner ear and brain. The herb reduces platelet stickiness and supports the overall health of blood vessels, according to Holistic Online.
Ginger root has been used in traditional Asian medicine for thousands of years. The spice is considered effective for the treatment of dizziness, nausea and vertigo. The exact mechanism of action is not known; however, the volatile oils and pungent phenol compounds, gingerols and shogaols, promote blood viscosity and circulation. This effect can improve blood supply to the inner ear and brain, the source of vertigo symptoms. The recommended dose of ginger is 2 to 4g of fresh root or 30 to 90 drops of the tincture, taken daily.
According to nutritionist Phyllis A. Balch, author of "Prescription for Nutritional Healing," butcher's broom is an appropriate remedy for vertigo because it confers vasodilator effects and improves circulation to the brain and inner ear, where the source of the disorder is often located. The active constituents in butcher's broom responsible for the improvement of circulation are called ruscogenin and neoruscogenin.
Cayenne pepper's active compound, capsaicin, reduces platelet aggregation and improves blood flow to the brain and inner ear, which reduces the effects of vertigo, according to Balch. Cayenne is considered a thermogenic herb, and has long been used for circulatory support. The recommended dose for circulatory treatment is 30 to 120mg capsules, three times per day.
- University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: Vertigo
- HolisticOnline.com: Ginkgo Biloba
- University of Michigan Health System: Vertigo
- "Prescription for Nutritional Healing"; Phyllis A. Balch, CNC; 2010
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Ginger
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Ginkgo biloba
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